Whether shopping in modern air-conditioned shopping centres or more traditional street markets (where bargaining is still practiced), the range of goods available in Hong Kong is vast. Many famous brands have opened outlets in Hong Kong, bringing the latest styles and great variety. Look out for the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) sign, which is given to accredited shops and restaurants under a scheme run by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Generally speaking, Central is a good bet for high-end shopping including lots of designer goods and department stores, such as Shanghai Tang (which is outfitted in 1930s Shanghai style). There’s good general shopping in Causeway Bay, which is home to the huge Times Square mall. On a smaller scale, the Western Market (near Sheung Wan station) is an Edwardian-style building that was renovated into a shopping complex in the early 1990s. It’s a pleasant place to look for handicrafts. Nathan Road in Kowloon used to be the place for cheap electronic goods, but these days there’s too much chance of getting ripped off. Visitors are better off heading somewhere like Wan Chai Computer Centre or Mong Kok Computer Centre for these items.
For an authentic market experience, head to Mong Kok in Kowloon, which is home to a bird market, ladies’ market (for clothing), goldfish market (the fish are said to bring good luck) and flower market. A few streets south, in Yau Ma Tei, are the jade market and Temple Street night market (where there is plenty of choice of food stalls as well as all manner of cheap goods). To the northwest of Mong Kok, the down-at-heel district of Sham Shui Po has a popular flea market and cheap clothing sold from wholesale warehouses.